IPL 2021: Hardik Pandya not bowling in match resulting from shoulder niggle, says MI coach Mahela Jayawardene

IPL 2021: Hardik Pandya not bowling in match resulting from shoulder niggle, says MI coach Mahela Jayawardene

Chennai: All-rounder Hardik Pandya didn’t bowl within the final three IPL video games resulting from a shoulder niggle that he picked up throughout the remaining ODI towards England, mentioned Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene on Monday.

“…we had been trying ahead for him to be bowling this season… he was getting back from an harm already, however after these matches towards England, the final ODI, I consider he picked up niggle, so that’s one thing that we’re nursing in the mean time,” Jayawardene mentioned throughout a digital press-conference.

The previous Sri Lankan batsman, nonetheless, hoped that Hardik will be capable of return to bowling within the subsequent few weeks.

“We do not wish to danger it, as a result of it is vital that we make it possible for he (Hardik) is able to comfortably are available and bowl. So hopefully within the subsequent few weeks, with a bit of labor and all that, we’d see him bowling,” he mentioned.

File image of MI's Hardik Pandya. Sportzpics.

File picture of MI’s Hardik Pandya. Sportzpics.

“It isn’t that we’re intentionally attempting to not bowl him, we might like to have him bowling, however as quickly because the niggle is off and he’s snug, we must always be capable of use that asset as nicely.”

The 27-year-old from Baroda, nonetheless, has been within the thick of issues and had effected two key run-outs, dismissing David Warner and Abdul Samad, in his workforce’s 13-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad of their final recreation.

“We’ve got all the time used Hardik on the boundary line due to his velocity and he has a very good throwing arm and his catching skill,” Jayawardene mentioned.

“Previous couple of video games, as a result of he has a niggle within the shoulder, we saved (him) in 30 yards and he has proved the worth of that by choosing up just a few runs-outs, as a result of he’s agile.”

Rahul Chahar has claimed seven wickets within the final two video games and Jayawardene mentioned the younger leg-spinner has proven enchancment in his bowling.

“Once we began enjoying him (Chahar), I consider it was the 2019 season, the place he had a breakthrough season, even within the UAE within the final season, he bowled nicely however he had his ups and downs, he wasn’t constant in execution, however yearly we see enchancment in Rahul,” he mentioned.

“Thoughts you, he’s nonetheless a younger participant and he’s additionally studying, he will get challenged by totally different oppositions, some top-class gamers.

“It’s fixed studying for Rahul, however very joyful the way in which he has come out and he’s one among our leaders in that bowling group, specifically in that spin division with Krunal (Pandya).”

Mumbai Indians middle-order misfired of their final recreation however Jayawardene mentioned it was simply an off day and he was total proud of the efficiency.

“Total, we’re very joyful, however understanding Rohit he’ll push the fellows, every-time that we have not hit these marks, he’ll carry that up and he desires us to enhance and that’s the workforce tradition that we’ve. There are areas the place we may enhance,” the 43-year-old mentioned.

Speaking in regards to the wickets in Chennai, Jayawardene mentioned: “They aren’t unplayable wickets, they’re good, aggressive wickets. And (adapting) to challenges is all the time the important thing for any batsmen or any workforce.

“We’ve got been in keeping with that method, it’s difficult, however our bowlers have tailored fairly nicely.”
Mumbai Indians will tackle Delhi on Tuesday.

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